Project-based Learning and Your Child (page 2)
Team Works. How projects at home can help your child.
What You Need To Know
What is project-based learning? It’s a different way for third graders to learn, which involves working in small groups on projects, learning teamworking skills along with new knowledge. Students who help put together a class newsletter may learn computer skills, improve their writing, and develop their cooperation abilities too. But some children may be more inclined to cooperate. Students who take their grades very seriously may be frustrated at the unequal workload within teams. And children who prefer to work on their own may need more encouragement to work collectively.
How You Can Help
- There’s no I in Team. Involve your third grader in family decisions and discussions – they will learn skills such as tact and persuasion. Turn family decisions into mini projects, so that shopping for a new TV is broken up into technical research, online comparisons, and budgeting.
- Take risks. Projects aren’t designed in the same way as a page of math problems. Sometimes, teams have to try a few wrong options before finding one that works. To re-orientate third graders used to getting directions, ask your child open-ended questions to get them thinking. “Scott, what should we consider before buying our next TV?”
- Reinforce learning. Keep up to date with what your child is learning in the classroom, then you can connect real life with school. “See the open petals of the orange poppy? Why are they facing the sun?”
- Let your child resolve their conflicts. No parent wants their children to fight, but sometimes, taking a back seat can give third graders the space to solve their own disputes, instead of depending on you to sort things out.
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